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  • Poll: Cornyn crushing Stockman in Texas (Cornyn at 50%, but when compared to similar poll in 2011..)

    12/14/2013 3:23:41 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 35 replies ^ | 12/13/13 | Cameron Joseph
    Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) has a huge lead over Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas), his newly announced primary foe, according to a new survey conducted by GOP pollster Wilson Perkins Allen Research. Cornyn leads Stockman by 50 percent to 6 percent, according to the poll. Other candidates pull a combined 5 percent; 39 percent remain undecided. Stockman was a surprise entrant in the race earlier this week and needs to hold Cornyn to less than 50 percent of the vote to force a runoff in the early March primary. He has little funding for his campaign and — as the poll...
  • Tea partiers line up to tackle GOP senators (Karl Rove, Chamber of Amnesty deeply saddened...)

    12/11/2013 8:17:39 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/11/13 | MANU RAJU and JOHN BRESNAHAN
    GOP senators have aggressively tried to keep their conservative base at bay to ensure there’s virtually no space on their right for a primary foe to emerge. That didn’t work so well. Republican primary challengers are lining up to take on sitting senators next year in eight of the 12 races involving sitting GOP senators, gunning for party leaders like Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, veterans like Thad Cochran in Mississippi and Pat Roberts in Kansas and deal-makers like Lindsey Graham in South Carolina. Texas Sen. John Cornyn became the latest target this week, when a fiercely conservative congressman, Steve Stockman,...
  • Mitch McConnell: Senate Conservatives Fund ‘counterproductive’

    12/10/2013 6:27:03 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/10/13 | JOSE DELREAL
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) defended his condemnation of the Senate Conservatives Fund on Tuesday and stressed that despite his disputes with the organization he remains a fan of the tea party movement at large. “Let me make it clear: I’m a big fan of the tea party movement. It’s been extremely important in helping us regain the House and do well in the Senate in 2010,” McConnell told Fox News’s Neil Cavuto.
  • Texas Conservative Steve Stockman to Challenge Senator John Cornyn

    12/10/2013 6:27:10 AM PST · by lqcincinnatus · 19 replies
    New York times ^ | 11/10/2013 | JONATHAN MARTIN
    WASHINGTON — In a surprise move, Representative Steve Stockman of Texas, a conservative, filed just before the Monday evening deadline to challenge Senator John Cornyn, two-term incumbent, in next year’s Texas Republican primary. Mr. Stockman’s move against Mr. Cornyn, the second-ranking Senate Republican, offers the potential for yet another ideological showdown in the 2014 Republican Senate primaries.
  • Senate's No. 2 Republican faces new primary challenge

    12/10/2013 5:38:34 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 26 replies ^ | 12/9/13 | Michael Memoli
    WASHINGTON - Mitch McConnell isn't the only Republican Senate leader who must contend with a noteworthy primary challenge. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the Republican whip, will face a conservative challenger in Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas), who submitted paperwork late Monday for the March primary. Stockman, who returned to Congress this year after serving a single term in the 1990s, had been planning to run for reelection. An aide filed the application just 15 minutes before the close of the state filing period, the Houston Chronicle reported. It's unclear how serious a challenge Stockman can mount in a short campaign...
  • PER TWITTER: Rep Steve Stockman (R-TX) files to run in US Senate primary against Sen. John Cornyn

    12/09/2013 4:50:07 PM PST · by TheBigB · 70 replies
    Texas Tribune
    Per the Texas Tribune twitter feed: Republican Party of Texas confirms that @SteveWorks4You will run against @JohnCornyn in the GOP U.S. Senate primary. Story to come. #tx2014
  • Lamar Alexander: 'Somebody ought to be fired' (you fund it, you bought it, Senator!)

    10/23/2013 1:04:14 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 18 replies ^ | 10/23/13 | Lucy McAlmont
    Sen. Lamar Alexander said Wednesday that someone ought to be fired over the online glitches surrounding the Affordable Care Act, whether it’s President Barack Obama, or someone else. “Somebody needs to be on the flagpole for this, and somebody ought to be fired. If the president’s not going to resign, he should fire somebody else,” Alexander said during Fox News’s “Happening Now.” Alexander (R-Tenn.) added that “the president first” is to blame, but wouldn’t say whether Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should be fired. “Well, that’s up to be president. I think he should make that decision,” Alexander...
  • Will Boehner break the “Hastert Rule” today? The Hastert Rule explained

    10/16/2013 9:40:56 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 31 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 10/16/13 | Lynn Sweet
    In a 2003 speech, then Speaker Denny Hastert (R-Ill.) discussed his House management guidelines that became known as “The Hastert Rule.” The rule calls for a leader not to send legislation to the House floor for a vote unless it has the support of the majority of the majority. On Wednesday, with just hours left to raise the debt ceiling or risk default, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)–who has been holding fast to the Hastert Rule–has to decide whether to break it.
  • John Cornyn seeks to protect right flank with first TV ad

    10/08/2013 5:37:36 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 39 replies ^ | 10/7/13 | Sean Sullivan
    Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-Tex.) released the first television ad of his reelection campaign Monday in an attempt to shore up his image among conservative voters. "National Journal named him the second most conservative senator in America," says the narrator of the 30-second spot. The commercial mentions Cornyn's votes against Obamacare and support for "smaller government" and a balanced budget amendment, among other things. Cornyn has not attracted any major primary challengers yet, but he is taking the potential threat of one very seriously. The fact that he is releasing a TV ad at this early stage of the...
  • Senate Conservatives Fund roils GOP

    09/30/2013 5:46:59 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 57 replies ^ | 9/29/13 | Anna Palmer and Manu Raju
    There’s a new public enemy No. 1 in Senate GOP circles, and it’s not Ted Cruz. It’s the Senate Conservatives Fund, an organization that used to prop up underdog conservative candidates but now is training its fire mainly on Republican incumbents — rather than Democrats. The group has ginned up anger on the far-right towards Republican senators for refusing to use a government shutdown threat as leverage to defund Obamacare — a campaign that has been good for its bottom line. Since it started engaging in the defund Obamacare campaign, the group brought in the vast majority of the $3.5...
  • Establishment Republicans Surrender: See Whether Your Senators Voted to Fund ObamaCare Here!

    09/28/2013 10:07:38 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    Freedom Works ^ | 9/27/13 | Joshua Withrow
    Last week, Republicans in the House of Representatives, under great pressure from their constituents, came together and passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the federal government, but which disallowed any funding for ObamaCare. This afternoon, Republicans the U.S. Senate betrayed their House colleagues and their constituents by voting to send the CR back the House with funding for ObamaCare. The critical vote today was a procedural vote - on cloture - to end debate and proceed to votes on amendments and passage of the bill. Ending debate requires 60 votes, meaning that the 46 Republicans in the Senate have...
  • The Palin Tell (She admits the ObamaCare defunding effort is futile)

    09/23/2013 5:14:16 PM PDT · by PAR · 22 replies
    WSJ ^ | 09/23/13 | James Taranto
    There is a problem, and it has 100 members, two from each state.
  • McConnell Shoots Down Ted Cruz's Plan To Risk Shutdown Over Obamacare

    09/23/2013 2:54:24 PM PDT · by HenryArmitage · 87 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | SEPTEMBER 23, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT | SAHIL KAPUR
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) broke with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Monday, revealing that he won't filibuster legislation to fund the government in service of conservative goals to defund Obamacare. The Republican leader's decision is a major blow to the push by Cruz and powerful conservative activist groups, who wanted Republicans to unite and filibuster a continuing resolution until Democrats caved agreed to gut funding for the Affordable Care Act. "Senator McConnell supports the House Republicans' bill and will not vote to block it, since it defunds Obamacare and funds the government without increasing spending by a penny,"...
  • Cornyn - Will Not Fund Obamacare Will Vote To Support House Bill

    09/23/2013 10:07:26 AM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 79 replies
    Facebook ^ | 9/23/2013
    John Cornyn about an hour ago I intend to support the House bill that defunds Obamacare and will vote against a bill that funds it.
  • Who voted for the House short-term budget plan? (RINO Scott Rigell Va. voted NO)

    09/20/2013 9:34:13 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 9/20/13 | Ed O'Keefe
    The House passed a short-term spending plan Friday morning that would continue funding government operations through mid-December and withhold funding for President Obama’s signature health-care law, the opening act in what promises to be a several-act drama over how to pay for government operations and raise the federal debt limit. -snip- Which Republican voted against the budget plan?: Rep. Scott Rigell (Va.)
  • The Day John Boehner Admitted He's Totally at a Loss

    09/12/2013 5:45:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 43 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 12, 2013 | By Molly Ball
    On Tuesday, after John Boehner’s last gambit to pass a government-funding bill ran aground in the face of a Tea Party revolt, a reporter asked the House speaker if he had any idea what he’d do next. “No. Do you have an idea?” Boehner replied, according to Politico. “They’ll just shoot it down anyway.” Boehner’s dilemma -- finding a way to satisfy the right wing of his caucus that doesn’t involve shutting down the government -- isn’t new. The debate rages in Washington over whether he has an impossible job or whether he’s just terrible at it, but it doesn't...
  • John Cornyn opposes Syria strike as “reckless, ill-advised intervention” (finally makes decision!)

    09/12/2013 5:33:33 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies ^ | 9/11/13 | Todd Gillman
    WASHINGTON — Sen. John Cornyn today declared his opposition to a “reckless, ill-advised intervention” in Syria. “I cannot support an operation that is so poorly conceived, so foolishly telegraphed, and virtually guaranteed to fail,” he said at the close of a 25-minute speech on the Senate floor. Cornyn, the deputy GOP Senate leader, had signaled his disdain for the administration’s plans in Syria. He also kept open the possibility he would support President Barack Obama, until now — if he heard a sufficiently coherent and robust plan. He said Wednesday that Obama’s speech last night fell short. He also said...
  • In Georgia's Senate race, signs of GOP unease about tea party clout

    08/17/2013 8:12:16 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 22 replies ^ | 8/17/13 | Patrick Johnsson
    The GOP establishment in Georgia wants to tamp down tea party fervor ahead of a primary election for an open US Senate seat. Its aim: prevent a primary that yields a candidate who can't win a general election. Four years after Atlanta saw some of the earliest and biggest tea party rallies in the country, Georgia’s GOP establishment, including Gov. Nathan Deal, are pondering strategies to reduce the right-wing insurgency’s influence on next year’s primary election for a US Senate seat – and on the larger struggle for power in Washington. To be sure, Georgia is about as red a...
  • McConnell aide says 'holding my nose' in job (there's enthusiasm for ya!)

    08/08/2013 3:40:55 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies ^ | 8/8/13 | David Espo
    Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign manager said in a taped telephone conversation earlier this year he was "sorta holding my nose" while doing the job, a less-than-flattering remark about a powerful GOP establishment figure struggling to shore up support among tea party voters back home in Kentucky. In a brief telephone interview Thursday, Jesse Benton did not dispute the authenticity of the taping. "I'm not 100 percent positive. I'm not confirming that, but I'm not denying it either," he said. In a separate statement emailed to reporters, he said, "It is truly sick that someone would record a...
  • Matt Bevin Squeezes Mitch McConnell On Obamacare

    08/06/2013 5:58:23 PM PDT · by Viennacon · 14 replies
    TPM ^ | August 6th 2013 | Sahil Kapur
    Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin launched a Facebook petition Tuesday to demand that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) sign a letter by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) vowing to block legislation to keep the federal government open unless it defunds the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. “Over the past couple of days, Sen. McConnell has been asked repeatedly whether he will support Sen. Mike Lee’s effort to defund Obamacare before its implementation on October 1st, and each time, Sen. McConnell has refused to answer," Bevin said. "It is truly sad to see the minority leader of the U.S. Senate so...
  • Sen. Mitch McConnell fighting for his political life? (Let's remove Addison Mithell McConnell Jr.)

    08/05/2013 5:51:19 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 27 replies ^ | 8/2/13 | Linda Feldman
    It’s only just begun, but the reelection battle of Mitch McConnell – the top Republican in the Senate – is already shaping up to be the marquee race of the 2014 midterms. Start with the primary challenge Senator McConnell faces from Matt Bevin, a wealthy, tea-party-backed businessman, reportedly willing to spend his own money. If McConnell makes it past Mr. Bevin, he’s poised to face likely Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s secretary of state and member of a well-connected political family, in the general election. Add to the mix McConnelll’s mediocre job approval ratings in the state – only...
  • Mitch McConnell chief of staff Josh Holmes to NRSC

    08/01/2013 11:08:09 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies ^ | 8/1/13 | Manu Raju
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s chief of staff is stepping down from his position to focus exclusively on the GOP leader’s reelection campaign and the national Republican effort to take back the majority next year. The move, Republicans say, is a reflection of the growing belief — and concern — that 2014 could be the last opportunity in years for the GOP to recapture the Senate after blowing their chance at the majority in the past two election cycles. So McConnell is moving a key aide out of his official Washington office to work entirely on campaign politics. Continue Reading...
  • Poll: Kentucky's Mitch McConnell Trails in Senate Re-election Bid

    08/01/2013 6:32:31 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 21 replies ^ | 8/1/13 | Rebekah Metzler
    Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., looks to be headed into one of the toughest campaigns of his political career, as his Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, leads him in his 2014 re-election race, according to a new poll. A survey by the Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling shows Grimes with 45 percent support and McConnell with 44 percent, Kentucky's Courier-Journal reports. The poll was paid for by two groups who oppose McConnell, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America, according to the Courier-Journal. [READ: Poll: Mitch McConnell Trounces Challengers] Grimes, 34, is Kentucky's secretary of state who announced...
  • McConnell declines to weigh in on ObamaCare shutdown threat (Shocker /s)

    07/30/2013 4:18:58 PM PDT · by onyx · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/30/13 04:05 PM ET | By Alexander Bolton
    Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) said Tuesday he has yet to decide whether to support a proposal to block government funding if it includes money for ObamaCare.Tea Party Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) have ratcheted up the pressure on McConnell to threaten a government shutdown if Democrats refuse to relent on the healthcare overhaul. McConnell told reporters he’s in the midst of discussions about government funding, which will expire at the end of September, and the national debt limit, projected to run out at year’s end.“We’ve had a lot of internal discussions about...
  • Mitch McConnell Thinks Matt Bevin is a More Serious Contender Than He Originally Let On

    07/29/2013 6:41:01 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies ^ | 7/28/13 | Erick Erickson
    The Mitch McConnell team originally seemed rather dismissive of Matt Bevin as a primary opponent. Content, publicly, to focus on the Democrat, behind the scenes McConnell and the Kentucky GOP are aggressively pushing local Republicans to unite quickly. They want to shut down Bevin early. Taylor Bumgardner, the Regional Field Director for the Republican Party of Kentucky, sent out a “Team Mitch” endorsement form on Saturday as an attachment to this email: I am contacting you because I am asking all County Chairs and Vice Chairs to fill out an endorsement form for Senator McConnell’s reelection campaign. We are looking...
  • Lindsey Graham Likely to Face Several Primary Challengers

    07/29/2013 7:02:57 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 6 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7/29/13 | MP Leahy
    Senator Lindsey Graham, who already has one announced challenger in the 2014 South Carolina Republican primary for the United States Senate in businessman Richard Cash, may soon face two more challengers. Both State Senator Lee Bright and Nancy Mace, the first female graduate of the Citadel, are preparing to enter the race soon, according to The Daily Beast. Graham's allies recently publicly stated they expect he will face multiple challengers. On July 23, former South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Katon Dawson, who runs a Super PAC that supports Graham, the West Main Street Values Fund, told the Washington Examiner that...
  • Lindsey Graham’s Tea Party Opponents Are Emerging

    07/26/2013 5:52:11 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 21 replies ^ | 7/26/13 | David Freedlander
    The contenders looking to primary the controversial South Carolina senator in 2014 are starting to come forward. Watch out, Lindsey Graham: the Tea Party says that you are next. Tea Party members demonstrate outside the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on June 19. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty) According to sources in South Carolina and within the Tea Party, at least two serious challenges to Graham are expected to emerge in the next few weeks. Dustin Stockton, a leading conservative activist and head of Western PAC, told The Daily Beast that he is headed to South Carolina next month to help build a ground...
  • Mitch McConnell slams Matt Bevin in Senate race

    07/24/2013 5:30:31 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies ^ | 7/24/13 | Manu Raju
    Matt Bevin is getting a Mitch McConnell welcome in Kentucky: A slashing TV ad seizing on the political newcomer’s problems with his Connecticut-based bell manufacturing business. Bevin, a wealthy Louisville businessman, is slated to announce a primary challenge against McConnell on Wednesday, hoping to tap into tea party anger to pull off a major upset against the wily 28-year Senate veteran in 2014. Continue Reading Text Size -+resetAdvertisement Latest on POLITICO Poll: Obama nears all-time low New Filner accuser goes public Trump: Weiner 'sick puppy' House panel approves deep EPA cuts Tech lobby reports barely touch NSA FDA eyes menthol...
  • The plot to oust Lindsey Graham

    05/08/2013 7:16:34 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/7/13 | Ezra Klein
    If you’re a South Carolina Republican who doesn’t like Sen. Lindsey Graham, you’ve got a problem. Graham is popular. Really popular. His approval rating among the state’s Republicans hovers in the 60-70 percent range. Those aren’t the kinds of numbers that typically foretell successful primary challenges. But as The National Review’s Betsy Woodruff reports, “the people that don’t like him really, really, really don’t like him. There are typically a lot of those people at the state convention.” And those people came up with a great idea: What if the South Carolina Republican Party chose its nominees at the state...
  • McConnell: Obama's Sequester Same Dem Games, Not Governing (Mitch trying to get re-elected)

    02/12/2013 5:31:28 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor Monday regarding the need for the President in his State of the Union address to address the real consequences of Obamacare and offer solutions to avoid the sequester.
  • Poll Shows Mitch McConnell Struggling for Support (Will Tokyo Rove's PAC target Mitch?)

    02/07/2013 5:54:35 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    WFPL ^ | 1/28/13 | PHILLIP M. BAILEY
    A new poll shows Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is struggling to retain support among voters. The Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll shows that twice as many voters are against McConnell as there are supporting him. It also finds that only one-third of Republicans support him in the 2014 election.